Introduction

The Cyberspace Solarium Commission (CSC) was established in the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 to "develop a consensus on a strategic approach to defending the United States in cyberspace against cyber attacks of significant consequences." The finished report was presented to the public on March 11, 2020. The William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 reauthorized the Commission to collect and assess feedback on the analysis and recommendations contained within the final report, review the implementation of the recommendations contained within the final report, and completing the activities originally set forth for the Commission.


Our Report

The Cyberspace Solarium Commission's proposes a strategy of layered cyber deterrence. Our report consists of over 80 recommendations to implement the strategy. These recommendations are organized into 6 pillars:

  1. Reform the U.S. Government's Structure and Organization for Cyberspace.

  2. Strengthen Norms and Non-Military Tools.

  3. Promote National Resilience.

  4. Reshape the Cyber Ecosystem.

  5. Operationalize Cybersecurity Collaboration with the Private Sector.

  6. Preserve and Employ the Military Instrument of National Power.

Our Progress

With the passage of the FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act, 25 of the Commission's recommendations have been codified into law. Commission Co-Chairs Senator Angus King, Jr. (I-ME) and Representative Mike Gallagher (R-WI) welcomed the legislation as the "most comprehensive and forward-looking piece of national cybersecurity legislation in the nation’s history."

2021 Annual Report on Implementation

On August 12, 2021, the Cyberspace Solarium Commission released the "2021 Annual Report on Implementation." This assessment is intended to review the implementation of the recommendations made by the Commission over the course of the previous year and identify areas for future action.

2021 Annual Report on Implementation.pdf

Transition Book for the Incoming Biden Administration

On January 19, 2021, the Cyberspace Solarium Commission released a new white paper, "Transition Book for the Incoming Biden Administration." This white paper is intended to provide a guide for the incoming Biden-Harris administration, identifying possible early policy achievements and suggesting priorities for action over the coming months and years.

Transition Book for the Incoming Biden Administration - CSC White Paper #5.pdf

Building a Trusted ICT Supply Chain

On October 19, 2020, the Cyberspace Solarium Commission released a new white paper, "Building a Trusted ICT Supply Chain." This white paper proposes a five-pillar strategy to work with critical partners in the private sector and around the world to reinvigorate American high-tech manufacturing and secure the United States' ICT supply chains. On October 21, 2020, the CSC Staff will host a public webinar discussion of this white paper.

Building a Trusted ICT Supply Chain - CSC White Paper 4.pdf

Growing a Stronger Federal Cyber Workforce

On September 4, 2020, the Cyberspace Solarium Commission released a new white paper, "Growing a Stronger Federal Cyber Workforce." This white paper reemphasizes the Commission's prior recommendations on the cyber workforce and presents a detailed blueprint to guide the development of a comprehensive Federal cyber workforce strategy. On September 4, 2020, the CSC Staff will host a public webinar discussion of this white paper in collaboration with Dakota State University.

Growing a Stronger Federal Workforce - CSC White Paper 3.pdf

Cybersecurity Lessons from the Pandemic

On June 2, 2020, the Cyberspace Solarium Commission released a new white paper, "Cybersecurity Lessons from the Pandemic." This white paper highlights over 30 recommendations from our final report published in March, along with 5 new recommendations. On June 3, 2020, the CSC Staff will host a public webinar discussion of this white paper.

Cybersecurity Lessons Learned from the Pandemic - CSC White Paper.pdf

Report Launch

On March 11, 2020, the Cyberspace Solarium Commission released its final report at a public event on Capitol Hill.